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Linux had just launched the latest version of Fedora, Fedora 36. Now if you’re a Mac user or a Windows user, you might be hearing the phrase Fedora for the first time. What is Fedora? Fedora is one of Linux’s most popular operating systems after Ubuntu. It is known to be a secure operating system with general applications.

The Fedora logo symbolizes three elements combined: “infinity”, “freedom” and “voice”. This symbol signifies the voice of the community that drives infinite freedom and innovation.
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For the longest time, Fedora was known to be a Linux operating system that can only be used by those with plenty of experience in Linux. Fedora is on the bleeding edge of Linux development. With each new update, it is packed with the newest software which makes it tricky for a novice to use. Bugs occasionally pop up, and for this reason, it is not a recommended distro for beginners to Linux. However, with the latest update, it is time to rebrand Fedora as the leading Linux operating system, regardless of whether you’ve used Linux or not.

Why Should You Use Fedora?

Fedora’s new updates tend to ship with the latest and greatest package. Fedora does this while maintaining impressive stability. Fedora has a whole system that helps them test various packages to make sure there are no major issues before pushing out these updates.

Since Fedora is a bleeding-edge distribution, It has a fixed-release system with a new version coming out every six months. The primary benefit of a fixed-release system is that they’re able to hold back updates to some of the core components, which prevents the need to fix things when the system is going. Due to this frequent fixed-release system, Fedora is one of the distributions that tend to fully adopt and support new technologies.

What’s New About Fedora 36?

Desktop Environments

You might be wondering what makes Fedora 36 so special from its predecessor. The answer to that lies in GNOME 42. GNOME stands for GNU Object Model Environment or is better known by its simple term as a desktop environment. GNOME 42 is the biggest improvement in this latest update. The overall aesthetics have been improved with its rounder and neatly spaced components. The GNOME 42 makes it easy to launch applications to specific desktops and move already open applications to your virtual desktop of choice.

Preview of Fedora’s GNOME 42 desktop environment in its default configuration.Source: Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

Preview of Fedora’s GNOME 42 desktop environment in its default configuration.
Source: Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

Universal Dark Mode

Fedora 36 comes with a built-in system dark mode which applies dark themes to all its applications automatically. The pre-installed wallpapers even come with dark mode variants. Dark themes are proven to reduce strain on the eyes, conserve battery life, and reduce the risk of burn-in on OLED displays.

Fedora 36 default dark mode wallpaperSource: Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

Fedora 36 default dark mode wallpaper
Source: Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

New Screenshot Menu

Although the old screenshot app is functional, the latest update offers a better user experience by simplifying things. In the old screenshot app, pressing the print screen captures the entire screen and saves it to the pictures folder. Now, pressing the print screen shows a menu that allows you to choose between taking a screenshot of either your entire screen, just one window, or a rectangular selection.

Wrapping Up

Overall, the Fedora 36 update is remarkable with some amazing new features. With the growing popularity of this new update, Fedora is on track to be a leading Linux distro. If you’re looking for a new operating system to use, consider Fedora 36 as a top contender.

Written by: Shelfinna (Informatika UC 2022)